IND vs AUS, 3rd T20: India beat Australia by 6 wickets to level series

File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli celebrating his team's victory against Australia. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 05.20 PM (IST)

India defeated Australia by six wickets in the third and final T20 International to level the series 1-1 at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

D'Arcy Short (33) was the top-scorer for Australia, while Krunal Pandya snatched four precious wickets for India for which he got the man of the match award.

Despite Pandya's four-wicket haul, the hosts managed to put up a defendable total of 164 runs but Virat Kohli's side chased down the total with two balls remaining.

Dhawan-Rohit partnership had put pressure on the Australian bowling attack but with Shikhar Dhawan's wicket, pace sensation Mitchell Starc got a breakthrough for the Aussies. Dhawan scored quick 41 with 121.74 strike rate. 

Spinner Adam Zampa got another wicket as he sent off Rohit Sharma for 23 with a quicker length ball that ripped through Sharma which he failed to assess.

Australia looked in control in the middle overs but skipper Kohli's unbeaten 61-run stand helped India to register a much-needed win.

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Earlier, After winning the toss, Australia started off the innings well as both the openers D Arcy short and Aaron Finch looked in control but after Finch's wicket, Aussies lost their momentum.

Finch lost his wicket to Kuldeep Yadav after scoring 28 runs with 121.74 strike rate and soon after that Short lost his wicket to Krunal Pandya at 33 runs.

Pandya struck against and outbowled Ben McDermott on the next ball.

Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey scored 27 and Chris Lynn scored 13 runs crucial.

Australia won the first T20 International by four runs via D/L method before the second match was abandoned due to rain.

Brief Score:

Australia: 164 for 6 in 20 overs (D'Arcy Short 33; Krunal Pandya 4/36). 
India: 168 for 4 in 19.4 overs (Virat Kohli 61 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 41; Mitchell Starc 1/26).